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Malvinas/Falklands:New argentine Foreign Relations Minister eases tensions with U.K.

Hector Timerman

Argentina pledged to use diplomatic channels to protest British military exercises near the disputed Falkland Islands that have provoked new tensions between London and Buenos Aires.

“We are very concerned by this acceleration or provocation by the United Kingdom, but we are not going to fall for any provocation and we will not stray from the law, diplomacy and peace,” Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman told reporters.

He said Argentina had not been informed ahead of time about the British military exercises around the disputed territory, which Buenos Aires calls the Malvinas Islands.

The Foreign Office has said the exercises are “routine” and have “been carried out every six months for the last 28 years.”

But Argentina on Saturday decried the maneuvers and military build-up as an “unacceptable provocation,” and on Monday lodged a formal complaint with the United Nations in response.

The country’s UN envoy Jorge Arguello told Argentine radio he had delivered a letter of protest to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, a copy of which had been given to the British embassy in Buenos Aires.

President Cristina Kirchner has denounced the exercises as a “militarization of the South Atlantic” and warned that the maneuvers could spark an arms race in the region.

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Who is Hector Timerman?

The new argentinian chancellor Timerman was, throughout his life, an intellectual and journalist, and also served diplomatic roles. He collaborated with The New York Times, Newsweek and Los Angeles Times; he was a columnist for Noticias magazine and edited the magazine Three Points.

He founded the human rights organization’s most important United States, America’s Watch, which holds the post of inspector at the UN. Hector is also a fervent opponent of censorship, to the point that was part of the organization Fund for Free Expression.

Born December 16, 1953 in Buenos Aires, Timerman is married to Anabella Selecki and has two daughters, Jordana and Amanda.